Between 1980 and 2000, Stephan Erfurt published numerous photo spreads in various magazines,thus establishing his inter-national reputation. He created an oeuvre full of story-telling and poetry, at times melancholic and tender, at other times as harsh depictions of reality. Erfurt often concentrates on the at-mospherically dense detail;as a curiousworld observer, his work is akin to that of an essayist. One of his specialties is photo-graphing in twilight, shortly before sunrise or after sunset. His private and professional move to Berlin in the mid-1990s leads
to completely different images, such as the famous close-ups of the television tower on Alexanderplatz.
In 1978, the then 20-year-old Erfurt fled from the confinement of his hometown ofWuppertal. In Paris,he discovered the medi-um of photography.He then studied photography in Essen and, beginning in the mid-1980s,worked primarily from his new res-idence in New York.When the FAZ Magazin, which had become
Erfurt’s most important medium of distribution,was discontinued in 1999, he simultaneously more or less stopped shooting his own photographs.A short while later,he founded C/O Berlin together with two friends, which quickly became an internationally networked photo institution.
»Of course, it all comes down to light.Obviously light is essential in photography,but Stephan Erfurt’sAmerican photographs nonethe- less take a unique approach to the question of what shines the brightest: is it nature or technology, the old or the new, the sky or neon signs? Erfurt—who had once aspired to become a sign painter before he turned to photography—uses hissubtle picturesto show that,while therewill never be one definitive answerto this question, it is posed in an entirely new and different way in America than in his birthplace of Old Europe, where clear binaries of high and low, heaven and earth are proudly maintained.«
– from the text by Florian Illies
Stephan Erfurt studied Communication Design at the Universität GH Essen. From 1984 to 1989 he was an assistant to Evelyn Hofer and Hans Namuth in New York. Between 1984 and 1999 he worked as a freelancer for the magazine of the newspaper Frank-furter Allgemeine Zeitung. In 2000 he founded C/O Berlin together with the designer Marc Naroska and the architect Ingo Pott. Since January 2013 he has been the chair ofthe board of directors at the C/O Berlin Foundation.
Stephan Erfurt On the Road Special Edition
19,5 × 24 cm
Authors: Matthias Harder, Felix Hoffmann
Text: Matthias Harder, Florian Illies, Jordan Mejias
Design: Naroska, Berlin
Price: Euro 1.800